|Project by ontheworkbench||posted 05-11-2014 04:43 AM||1434 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Here is a checkerboard that I made for my wife. The board is made from maple and walnut, the storage box is made from red oak with a hardboard bottom, and the checkers pieces are made from popular.
The storage box was made using dovetails for all four corners and dados were cut the length of each board for the bottom. The dado was hidden inside of a dovetail. The bottom of the box was set just high enough that I could use the bearing on a 1/4” round over router bit. a couple of drops of glue was all that was needed to keep the four dovetails secure. the top outside edges and the four vertical edges were rounded over with a 3/8” router bit.
The checkerboard was made just like a end grain cutting board, but I kept the edge grain up to make the sanding easier. On the bottom of the board are two walnut runners to align it to the box. These were installed with 23 gauge pin pails.
The checker pieces were cut from a poplar dowel and then the edges rounded over with a 1/8” router bit in my router table. This was the most tedious part of the project. I kept trying to come up with a jig to use with my router table to rotate the checker piece counter clockwise against the bit, but was left doing this task by hand. if you have never used a router before, I would recommend that you use a belt sander instead!
Each set of checkers were finished with a different color of stain then sprayed with a coat of clear coat. The playing board and the storage box was finished with a spray clear coat.
Overall I like how it turned out, however in hindsight I should have made the board (and box) slightly larger. Specifically I would wrap the board with a couple of thin layers of wood to create an edge band. Then when rounding over the edges, the edge banding would be cut and not the playing squares. I had considering lining the storage box with felt but declined to do so at this time, but perhaps when I acquire a chess set to place inside it, then I may add that later.